Welcome to the website of the


The Centre for Water and Environmental Research is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 2003 it brings together experts form different disciplines working in the field of water and environmental research. At the university it is integrated in the interdisciplinary Main Research Area Urban Systems.

The centre members are scientists from the 3 Ruhr universities, several other academic partners and research institutions as well as regional water boards and company representatives. Together the ZWU members try to develop inter- and transdisciplinary educational and research projects focusing on important topics in the field of water and environment in the region and beyond. The centre managment and board supports the experts in administrative and organisational tasks. Through the strong regional network there is a focus on the Greater Rhine-Ruhr Region as investigation area. Nevertheless, since some years the number of international projects and cooperations is increasing. A development very welcome by all involved parties.

Very soon you will find further information about our international activities here.

When you already have ideas for joint projects, feel free to contact us.